Science Express: Cook Strait earthquakes – how likely is a big one?
Thu 5 Sep 2013,
Level 4 Espresso
Earthquake expert Russ Van Dissen discusses the effect the Cook Strait quakes are having on the chances of a big one rocking Wellington. He also talks about the behind-the-scenes work being done to minimise a potential quake’s impact.
Russ Van Dissen
Senior Scientist, GNS Science, New Zealand
Russ Van Dissen is a Senior Scientist at GNS Science with specialist expertise in earthquake geology and seismic hazard assessment. He is leader of GNS Science’s earthquake geology team, and the ‘It’s Our Fault’ project that aims to better define earthquake risk in Wellington.
Russ also assesses the earthquake risk of major infrastructure facilities and man-made structures throughout New Zealand. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, and has won several excellence awards from that society, and from the Geoscience Society of New Zealand.
The GNS ‘It’s Our Fault’ project